Feds MIA On New Military Treatment Center

2010 July 19
by INC

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence was dedicated in Bethesda, Maryland on June 24th.   This state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will treat “military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health issues.”  Funding came from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and the Fisher House Foundation www.fisherhouse.org is building a 21-room Fisher House to house families.

Leslie Gelb writes about the dedication ceremony and subsequent events.

At the podium in Bethesda, Maryland, stood Arnold Fisher, the chief fundraiser for this precious center that may need to care for hundreds of thousands of victims, searching in vain for one White House official, one Cabinet officer, one member of the Joint Chiefs, one senator. He found none. And he asked again and again, “Where are they?”

…“Here we are in the nation’s capital, the seat of our government, the very people who decide your fate, the people who send you out to protect our freedoms. And yet, where are they?”

…The absences certainly stunned members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the group that raised the $65 million for the facility.

…There was also little media attention to the opening, and only Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, it seems, noted the event and Fisher’s plaintive “Where are they?” question.

…Fisher and the Intrepid group raised all the money privately from thousands of Americans and got the center constructed privately as well. Every dollar went to the facility; nothing for the group. The Intrepid people brooked no government interference in procurement or construction. They just got the job done.

Gelb also notes that the Army reported its highest suicide rate for a month in June. He went and interviewed Fisher about the ceremony, but found that Fisher is focused on “Where are they now?”. The facility has been turned over to the government, yet there is no opening date. The director appointed by the Pentagon will retire in less than a year and communication has been sadly lacking.

The cost of freedom has been incredibly high for many of our troops and their families.  It appears the government has had other priorities.

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H/T:  The Daily Beast, Hot Air.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 July 19 10:36 am
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    bc3b permalink

    If you get a chance, listen to Rush today. He is talking about the “ruling class” and how it is destroying our freedoms.

    I caught about half an hour of his show (don’t get to listen that often), but in my opinion, it’s one of his g=best ever.

  2. 2010 July 19 10:41 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    WTH?? Usually Pols are tripping all over each other to catch the afterglow on events like this.

  3. 2010 July 19 10:42 am
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    mulletover permalink

    Unbelievable!

    Sounds like an almost coordinated absence.

  4. 2010 July 19 11:52 am
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    JustMary permalink

    Utterly shameful. That makes me so mad.

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